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The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Kevin Flynn / Clu
Garrett Hedlund ... Sam Flynn
Olivia Wilde ... Quorra
Bruce Boxleitner ... Alan Bradley / Tron
James Frain ... Jarvis
Beau Garrett ... Gem
Michael Sheen ... Castor / Zuse
Anis Cheurfa Anis Cheurfa ... Rinzler
Serinda Swan ... Siren #2
Yaya DaCosta ... Siren #3
Elizabeth Mathis ... Siren #4
Kis Yurij ... Half Faced Man (as Yurij Kis)
Conrad Coates ... Bartik
Daft Punk ... Masked DJ's
Ron Selmour ... Chattering Homeless Man
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Storyline

Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant Quorra, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. Meanwhile, the malevolent program CLU, who dominates the digital world, plans to invade the real world and will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. Written by ZootCatchy

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Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,026,211, 19 December 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$172,062,763, 14 April 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$400,062,763, 31 December 2011
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The song "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey coming on in the arcade, when Sam turned on the breakers, is ironic in more ways than one. While the song fits in some ways the relationship with his father, it is interesting to note that many of the 45rpm singles made in the early 1980s for jukeboxes of that song, featured the song "Only Solutions" (from the original Tron movie's arcade scene) as the single's B-side. It was common for record companies to put a recent, though out of date, release as the B-side of Jukebox 45s, to maximize band airplay in those machines. See more »

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Kevin Flynn: The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships? motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then, one day...
7 Year Old Sam Flynn: You got in.
Kevin Flynn: That's right, man. I got in.
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Separate Ways
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very VERY disappointed Tron fan...
28 December 2010 | by fredwernerSee all my reviews

In the 28 years since the original Tron movie, there have been, oh, a few innovations in the world of computers, networks, electronics, and communications. But somehow, the makers of this sequel seem to have missed inventions such as "The World Wide Web". They passed on a tremendous opportunity to make "Tron Legacy" as innovative and powerful as the original. Instead, they've merely sullied our memories by reducing what was a tremendous and ominous world into the digital equivalent of Smalltown, USA.

In 1982, few people had computers, far fewer had even heard of computer networks, and hardly anyone outside the military had heard of "the internet." The creators of the original movie crafted an entire alternate plane of existence, accessible only to computer programmers, in a time when the words "virtual" and "reality" both still meant "true." Their inspired fantasy gave audiences an entirely new perspective on the nascent digital age.

The original's bold, limitless universe, is limited in the sequel to "The Grid", a small city from which good guys escape from effortlessly, and from which bad guys seem to have no trouble leaving, though you're given the impression it never occurred to them to look beyond the borders of their extremely small town before. And the entire world is wholly disconnected from any computer system used by anyone on Earth. The only link to reality is the exact same machine hidden in a forgotten room. It's as if the film-makers hoped we'd forget that now, 30 years later, almost EVERYONE is on a computer network in one way or another.

The original Tron also created real tension by crafting a plot where what happened inside the system mattered. Even before the original Jeff Bridges character was sucked into the digital netherworld, the audience had a palpable sense of the impending doom to all humanity posed by the growing strength of the computer network. In this sequel, the "real-world" angle is a lame-duck corporation's unapologetically pathetic efforts at keeping market share. Even that side story introduced in the beginning, isn't given any relevance to anything that happens in the rest of the movie. The larger threat of a digital character emerging from "The Grid" into the real world is repeated throughout the film, but never in a credible way. Why should we be scared about him getting out? What would he do here? How would a computer program have any power outside a computer system?

There were endless ways the filmmakers could have used today's globally integrated technologies and on-line mania to make Tron Legacy as relevant as the original. The bad guys could have tried to empower Wii systems to control people instead of the other way around, or to animate an army of Second Life avatars, or to rewrite all of Wikipedia to brainwash every student in America, or to take control of every electronic device on Earth (think Y2K).

Tron Legacy has dazzling visual graphics, but it falls into that disappointing category of films that match astronomically high priced production values with cut-rate B-movie plots, acting, and character development. Saddest of all is that no one bothered to spend a dime of those hundreds of millions of dollars to follow the true legacy of Tron: to inspire us with the possibilities of where the next digital universe might take us.


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